Thank You Lord for another day. Thank You for life, health, and strength. I thank You that You have chosen us as representatives of You here on earth today. I pray that we will be a great examples of Christ's Kingdom to all of our family, friends, associates, and enemies. Allow us to be shining lights in a dark world and give us the ability to be the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14). As we go through this day, we command our minds to stay focused on your goodness and mercy towards us. Let love, patience, and understanding for other people be apart of our daily walk. We give You Glory, Honor, and Praise.
Today, I will follow God !!!
...How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.
(1 Kings 18:21-KJV)
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A Clean and Holy Life
Bible Reading: Hebrews 12:14-17
Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
IF YOU’VE TRUSTED Christ to forgive your sins and make you a new person inside, you’re a Christian. That means your sins are forgiven and you’re going to heaven.
But until you get to heaven, you still have a challenge. You’re still going to be tempted to sin. And every once in a while, you’re going to make a wrong choice. That doesn’t mean you’re not going to heaven, but it is still a problem. So what should you do? How should you feel about right and wrong choices as a Christian? See if the following True/False quiz helps you to answer those questions:
1. It’s OK to sin. True False
2. It’s OK to sin as long as you plan to ask God’s forgiveness later. True False
3. A Christian can make right choices or wrong choices; it doesn’t really matter. True False
4. It’s impossible for a Christian to live a clean and holy life. True False
5. Making right choices is not optional—it’s crucial. True False
6. If you say you’re a Christian but go on sinning, you’re not living in the truth. True False
7. Being a Christian makes living a clean and holy life possible. True False
8. Those who are not holy will not see the Lord. True False
How did you do? The first four statements were all false; the final four were all true. Some of those are pretty tough questions, aren’t they? They’re even tougher when you compare the right answers to your own life.
That’s what today’s Bible reading is all about. The writer of Hebrews said, “Seek to live a clean and holy life” (Hebrews 12:14). In other words, making right choices is not optional; and if you say you’re a Christian but go on sinning, you’re not living in the truth (1 John 1:6). Hebrews 12:14 also says that “those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” That means if you’re a Christian, you will seek to live a clean and holy life by making right choices with God’s help.
In fact, being a Christian (and letting God’s Holy Spirit control your life) is the only way any of us can live a clean and holy life. It’s also the only way we’ll ever see the Lord.
REFLECT: Have you ever acted like statements 1-4 (in the True/False quiz above) were true? How can you seek to live a clean and holy life from now on? Can you do it on your own? If not, how can you do it? (Hint: reread the last paragraph above.)
PRAY: “Lord, sometimes I act as if it doesn’t really matter whether or not I make right choices, but I do want to make right choices. I want to live a clean and holy life. I want to see you someday. So please help me to trust you and let your Holy Spirit control my life so I can make right choices.”
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